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Oct 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
as solicitor general. nine years ago, they ruled 5 to 4 to uphold the university of michigan law schools limited use of affirmative action. and coming up next on c-span, oral arguments from last week's opening session of the courts full term. this case asks whether courts have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits and forge human rights abuses that occurred out -- for human rights abuses that occurred outside the country. this is an hour. >> we'll hear argument first this term in case 10-1491, kiobel v. royal dutch petroleum. mr. hoffman? >> mr. chief justice, and may it please the court, the plaintiffs in this case received asylum in the united states because of the human rights violations alleged in the complaint. they sued the defendants for their role in these human rights violations in u.s. general personal jurisdiction of our courts. abouts nothing unusual suing a tortfeasor in our -- >> may i ask you about the statement you just made? personal jurisdiction was raised as a defense, right? >> personal jurisdiction was raised as an affirmative defense, but not raised in a motion to dismiss.
CSPAN
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm EDT
that the university of michigan law school, where they did use race in admission, had a lower level of -- they considered 14% to be a critical mass, much less than what the university of texas achieved through race-neutral means. i think this goes a long way to explaining why most observers think the supreme court is likely to strike down the use of race at the university of texas. the second question we take up, what should replace race-based affirmative action if it in fact is struck down by the u.s. supreme court? in a report, we look at nine states where, because of voter initiative or executive order or legislation, universities -- they did not give up on diversity and tried to find other ways of achieving racial and ethnic diversity. these plans were hardly perfect, but in many ways there are better than the old style of race-based affirmative action. you can see that in our analysis, six state street -- six states created partnerships with disadvantaged by schools to increase the pipeline of low- income and minority students. seven of the states provide class-based admission
CSPAN
Oct 10, 2012 10:00am EDT
here today. to my left is christopher swift. he is a fellow at the center for national security law at the university of virginia law school. he holds a bachelor's degree in government and history. a ph.d. in politics in international studies from cambridge university. he is the author of an upcoming book. most recently, he did field research in yemen, which he will be talking about today. he has served in the u.s. treasury department. thank you very much. we are pleased to have you, as well. without further ado, let me turn to peter bergen for his comments and insights. >> thank you for the introduction. i wanted to talk about the american foundation in terms of drones. [sirens] can everybody hear me? 2004 was really the first drone strike in pakistan, authorized by george w. bush. not a single drone strike has occurred outside the areas. that is one of the reasons i think he used the acquiescence in the strikes. i think there is acquiescence by the pakistan government. it would very quickly change if the drone strikes changed and other tribal regions. they are referred to as forei
CSPAN
Oct 11, 2012 1:00pm EDT
prominent women who had abortions when they were illegal to repeal our abortion laws. nearly 15 years before anita hill's fame mouse testimony. to our ground beaking reporting that defined genital mutilation as an international crime against women. to our 1996 look inside the taliban's regime before most of the media had even noticed right up to our 2011 story declaring rape is rape in which we revealed the f.b.i.'s 80-year-old definition of rape under counted rapes in this country by hundreds of thousands every year. that was part of a larger feminist campaign and kicked off a fire storm resulting in 140,000 e-mails and letters to the f.b.i. and attorney general demanding the definition be changed. it was, we succeeded. mrs. mrs. mrs. has always been ahead of the main stream news when it comes to coverage of women and girls. "ms." first sounded the alarm about the war on women eight years ago. behind me you'll recognize the cover of "ms.," wonder woman fighting for peace and justice. for our 40th anniversary we wanted to feature this iconic super hero with women marching to stop the attacks
CSPAN
Oct 8, 2012 5:00pm EDT
accessibility for insurance. we need affordability for insurance. this current law is not going to do that. it will continue to drive up health-care costs and the cost of insurance premiums. >> you have 90 seconds. >> let me tell you why -- why i have dedicated my life to the idea that everyone should have access to decent health care. there's a woman in connecticut who has worked hard all her life and so has her husband. her husband was switching jobs and in between those two jobs, during the week he was unemployed, their son was diagnosed with cancer. when it would to get insurance on her husband's new plan, they would not provide for because he had a pre-existing condition. one week or two weeks of a lifetime and they didn't have insurance. they lost everything. they lost their house, their savings, they became destitute simply because an illness happened at the wrong time. there is no repeal and replace plan. republicans in washington have voted to repeal is built 33 times that have never offered a replacement. we'd to protect this bill and perfected going forward. matters for small bu
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Oct 10, 2012 1:00pm EDT
force, what goes above and beyond normal law enforcement oriented security. these individuals were familiar and cared larger caliber better weapons and the tactics they employed would be the counter military style attack. >> thank you. >> ambassador kennedy, i want to make sure i clarify one of the most controversial parts of this matter and that is how the public first learned of the first reason given for the disturbances in benghazi. now i understand that the state department did not take any position, including the position taken by ambassador rice, so i think it's important to trace how the ambassador came poth conclusions that she reported on television. she said that her information was that the benghazi matters were similar to the protests that had arisen in cairo and she refered to extremist elements, tunistic elements taking advantage of that protest. now the director of the office of national intelligence issued a statement that indicated thatted the been the source of the ambassador's statement. and i'd like to read what the national intelligence director said. in the i
CSPAN
Oct 9, 2012 10:00am EDT
worse. but don't dismiss the old framework lightly. credit for the 1986 reform law begone -- belongs to democrats like bill bradley and the senate. just as much as to president reagan. as a member of the house back then, not only voted for it, fight with the votes to make sure it passed. i was on the committee set up by dan rostenkowski to get it done. the approach but a good deal of sense at the time. then as now, the code was littered with agrees is loopholes that needed to be reform. recall the so-called passive loss schools that were in place but then. they allowed wealthy taxpayers to gain the system. someone could invest in a bowling alley and then, if the bullets lost money, they could take a ride up many times larger than their initial money and what of their entire income tax liability. we need to get rid of such a gimmicky tax shelter. puring these loopholes allowed us to turn to cut rates. at the time, that made sense, too. while it is critically important to insure that everyone, especially those at the top pay their fair share, 50% top federal tax rate is what we have un
CSPAN
Oct 11, 2012 10:00am EDT
i want to know where is the democratic budget? i'm told it's by law they suppose to pass a budget. they haven't passed one for three years. what happens, they break the law and get away with it? the second thing is, these companies, these defense companies are suppose to send out notices to employees if there's a big event taking place within 60 days. yet the president tells them do not send those notices out. again, against the law but yet nobody calls him on it. why do we have them there in the first place? can the president say i will break the law and there's no ramification? host: robby mook. guest: look budgets should get passed and we got to figure out the sequestration. the problem is the tea party republicans who came to congress are drawing lines they won't cross and compromise. they refuse to put revenue on the table and they all signed a pledge for grover norquist. they will do anything for tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies and whole host of breaks for corporations. we will not solve this problem until tea party republicans can come to the table. guest:
CSPAN
Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm EDT
every dime we used to rescue the banks, and we passed a law, to the end taxpayer-funded wall street bailouts permanently. we passed health care reform, also known as obamacare, because i do care. i do not want insurance companies, jerking you around anymore. i do not suit him -- do not want somebody without health care because they have a pre-existing condition. we repealed "don't ask, don't tell," as i promised him we would. today, he no outstanding soldier, marine, sailor, here man -- airman, none of them will be kicked out of the military because of who they are and who they love. when you think about ohio, and when governor romney said that we should let the auto industry go bankrupt -- we said, we are not going to take your advice. do not boo. vote. we reinvented a diving auto industry that supplies one in eight ohio jobs and has come roaring back to the top of the world. four years after the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our businesses have created more than 5 million new jobs. friday, we found out the unemployment rate has fallen from as high as 10% to as low as 7.8
CSPAN
Oct 10, 2012 5:00pm EDT
government for security, intelligence, and law- enforcement help to identify emerging threats or to ask them for assistance in mitigating those threats. in benghazi, however, the government through the february 17 was able to provide as consistent help since the earliest days of the revolution. routine civil unrest, militia on militia violence, in general lawlessness, and motor vehicle accidents were the primary threats facing our mission and personal during my time in libya. as colonel wood noted, in the spring of 2012, we noted an increasing number of attacks and incidents which appeared to target for an affiliated organizations. in response to these incidents, we implemented a number of changes to our security posture. designed to mitigate those threats and disrupt any planning by would-be attackers. those efforts include reviewing and practicing our emergency preparedness drills, most important, we reiterated our request at all levels of government for a consistent armed host nation security force to support the mission. we also requested security staffing and extensions of the dod secur
CSPAN
Oct 11, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the old house and senate, unrepresentative of what the country has just voted, making laws is contrary to what the new house and senate will do? most likely for all the fears -- lord knows we will cover it on cable -- the fiscal cliff gets put off. >> we do see the likelihood of a deal to make a deal, there are to complications, and there is a lot of incentive for them markets. there will be a lot of incentive to reassure the markets, but the two impediments to that, the white house intends to play real hardball on the top rate spirit they feel by putting it off, they lose their leverage. they do not plan to extend all that. there will be a fight. second, if obama wins, a factor will be paul bryant will be back in the house -- paul ryan be back in the house and he will be running for president in 2016. ryan 1 not want to make a deal that raises revenue and taxes, and conservatives listen to him. that is another hurdle to this deal. >> areas pressure on both sides to come together. the gang of six senators have been meeting the last few days at mount vernon. there is pressure to get som
CSPAN
Oct 12, 2012 9:00am EDT
and the rest, the drug war, militarization of federal law enforcement, why does the food and drug administration have a swat team? i have not gotten a straight answer to that question. i have asked it many times. the destructiveness of the entitlement programs. to give one example, people argue with a small tweak to the indexing formula for social security we could make it solvent for the next 80 years. true enough. that does not do anything about the economic damage caused by the social security system causing people to save bless. steve -- i think steve fuller is slipping without thinking about it too carefully, as i interpret joined washington monument game, which is dangerous. let me to return, steve fuller, to my current example. if crime rates fall and there is a reduction in the size of the market for private security services, and there is a short- term unemployment among those who otherwise would have provided private security services, tell us why that is a problem. please. >> he will do that in response to another question. thank you, gentlemen. we have time for questio
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